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Construction: can a company in liquidation refer a dispute to adjudication?

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has delivered a significant judgment in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC) where the company seeking to refer a dispute to adjudication was in liquidation. The substance of the dispute related to the contractor’s claim for payment allegedly due for […]

Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

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Sponsorship at a price?

‘Sponsored editorial’ is blurring the boundaries between journalism and advertorial. Simon Rogers asks, does it matter? That article on international construction work by a well-known City practice, how is it paid for? Readers might guess that the law firm had provided it free of charge to the magazine at the editor’s request from a recognised […]

AMA report blasts 'inefficient' CCT

COMPULSORY competitive tendering causes cuts in wages and conditions of pay and introduces a system of bureaucratic rules which divert attention away from improving services, a new report claims. The report, written by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities assistant secretary, Lesley Courcouf, says it is becoming increasingly clear that CCT “does not and will not […]

Making the most of interactive training

Legal training has not been subject to the same onslaught from information technology as other aspects of the business. While computer graphics are occasionally brought in to jazz up presentations, the tired trinity of presenter, flip chart and slide projector persists. Now we have an alternative for legal training in the development of interactive compact […]

Withers in PDGB Paris link

LONDON FIRM Withers is linking its Paris office with 20-strong French practice PDGB. The two firms will move to new premises in mid-December. London-based business development partner, Andrew Gerry, says the move will strengthen Withers’ French practice, which centres around its commercial and maritime work. He says there are no plans for a merger between […]

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